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Mitsuko Brooks
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant



ARTIST STATEMENT: The world of libraries are of particular interest to me because I have been using discarded book covers in my collages for many years, many of which are discarded from my profession in a library. Much of my collages are an accumulation of items I collect during my day to day existence: book covers thrown out from my job during re-binding processes; lichen found on gravestones; and magazine cut outs. I experience a strong sensory experience when looking at organic objects of nature and compulsively find their place into my collages. Usually they are my starting point to find out how to make the rest of my piece come together. Remembering the physical location where I find a natural object is an integral part of my work. I offer a moment of time travel by bringing forgotten pieces of paper and other materials together into a ritual object of remembering a place I have visited or capturing fleeting thoughts one normally forgets. I am most interested our biological world around us and the way these organic objects visually become metaphorical investigations. The base of each piece is a discarded book cover or page from an old book, to give the foundation, hinting at a story to be told through each collage.
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  • Shack-les in the Heart
    2009
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  • Boundless Boundaries
    2011
    Collage on discarded book cover
    Original NOT FOR SALE. C-Prints available upon request.

  • Release through Emotional Regurgitation I
    2012
    Rose petal, paper, discarded book cover

  • Indigena: romance to my people who have no motherland
    2011
    Paper, gouache, sun flower seeds, thread, book board

  • there were three children in the family...
    2009
    Collage on discarded book cover

  • Sexuality II
    2010
    Collage on discarded book cover, gouache, typewriter

  • Resewing the Wound
    2009
    Wood, paper, gouache

  • Asian Music Box II: why she left us
    2010
    Collage on discarded book cover
    NOT FOR SALE C-Prints available upon request

  • Ma': Thelma Bowman
    2011
    Discarded book cover, paper, dried flower
    NOT FOR SALE C-Prints Available Upon Request
 








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